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Power Wash or Pressure Wash? Discovering What Sets Them Apart   

House Washing Lynchburg, VA

Some people use the terms power washing and pressure washing interchangeably. However, each term describes a similar but different process. As seasoned pressure washing experts, we’d like to clarify the differences between a power wash vs. pressure wash.  

What Is Power Washing?  

Power washing uses heated, pressurized water to clean exterior surfaces. The process uses hot water power washers for extensive jobs involving grease, stubborn dirt, grime, or blackened surfaces.  

The combination of heat and high water pressure helps to remove and dissolve grease and grime from almost any surface. Unlike pressure washing, power washing works effectively as a heavy-duty option for surfaces that can handle the heat.  

Understanding Pressure Washing  

Pressure washing uses cold, pressurized water to clean dirt and debris. Pressure washers use the force of pressurized water to clean built-up dirt, dust, mud, and other unwanted materials. Because pressure washers don’t use heated water, they won’t dissolve grease or grime.  

Pressure washers come in a lot of different options with varying PSI settings, allowing you to clean most surfaces without causing damage. When used correctly, they work well for everything from walls and patios to windows and driveways.  

Comparing Power Washing and Pressure Washing  

The primary difference between a power wash vs. pressure wash comes down to the temperature of the two methods. A power washer uses hot water, while a pressure washer uses cold water.  

While the heated water used in power washing makes it suitable for oil, grease, and thick grime, pressure washing does an effective job in most scenarios.   

Ultimately, a pressure washer will meet the needs of any homeowner looking to do a small project, while a power washer will appeal to larger commercial or industrial jobs.  

Safety First: Using Power and Pressure Washers  

Both power and pressure washing require adherence to strict safety guidelines. The following safety guidelines will help to ensure safety:  

  • Wear safety gear and protective equipment  
  • Consider possible hazards before starting the cleaning project 
  • Be cautious about where you aim the wand 
  • Don’t operate a gas-powered pressure washer in an enclosed space  

Seek professional help if you have no experience or expert knowledge of how to handle a pressure or power washer.  

Choosing the Right Method for Your Task  

Factors to consider when selecting between a power wash vs. pressure wash include the type of dirt, surface material, and environmental impact. It helps to seek professional advice on the most suitable method for your project.  

While both power washers and pressure washers use highly pressurized water, the former use heated water while the latter use cold water. Understanding the differences will help you make an informed decision on the proper cleaning method for your project based on specific circumstances.  

Feel free to comment or ask questions on the differences between a power wash vs. pressure wash, and never shy away from seeking professional advice or guidelines from seasoned experts.  

Call Evans’ Exterior Cleaning (434) 515-1297 for your free quote for power or pressure washing services. Enjoyed reading this article? We encourage you to share it with your network.  

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